March 14, 2005

Canadian students nominated for worldwide engineering award

Windsor, Ontario – Two Canadian projects have been chosen to compete with 38 others in the finals for the “Mondialogo Engineering Award”, the first worldwide intercultural contest for ideas on sustainable technical improvements in developing countries.

The award is an initiative from DaimlerChrysler and the United Nationals Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), aimed at the worldwide promotion of dialogue among civilizations. It calls on students from industrialized and developing countries to work together on technical proposals addressing the UN Millennium Development Goals, particularly the eradication of poverty and the promotion of environmentally sustainable development.

The Canadian entries are students from Ryerson University in Toronto, who collaborated with students at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon on a project called “Use of unmanned aerial vehicles for land mine detection”; and from McGill University in Montreal, working with students at the Universidad National de Ingeneria in Managua, Nicaragua on a project called “Current lack of lighting systems in rural areas of Nicaragua”.

Assessment of the project ideas was based on technical excellence, sustainability, feasibility and intercultural dialogue within the project group. More than 1,700 young engineers and students from 79 countries registered for the contest and formed 412 international teams. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Berlin at the end of May.

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